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    STEELERS sign FA - LB Keyaron Fox

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008
    Steelers Sign Free Agent Linebacker Keyaron Fox


    PITTSBURGH — The Steelers added depth to their linebacker and special teams corps today as they signed free agent linebacker Keyaron Fox to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Fox (6-3, 235) was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech. He spent all four of his years in Kansas City, playing primarily on special teams and as a backup linebacker. In 2007, he posted 21 tackles, including a season-best 10 against the New York Jets in Week 17.

    Fox enjoyed his best season in Kansas City in 2006 when he collected 52 tackles while playing in all 16 games, making four starts in place of the injured Derrick Johnson.



    not sure what to think of this, don't think this is a area on concern to be addressing

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    Sure it is We need special teams demons since we let all of our previous ones go plus we need depth at LB with Timmons now getting ready to battle it out with Foote for the starting job and Woodley getting the starting nod taking over Harrison's spot. Frazier is another option that we just resigned. Right now our depth is very young an inexperienced on the outside. Inside we should still be ok because the loser of the Foote/Timmons battle will be the prime backup.

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    Excellent signing.

    This is the epitome of the exact "under the radar" FA "find" that the Steelers are known for seeking out and signing. This guy was a hitting machine at Georgia Tech that is still in the early stage of his pro career, yet he has just enough time under his belt to be considered ripe on the vine for picking.

    Drafted into the NFL in the 3rd round ....94th pick overall by the CHEFS.




    AT GEORGIA TECH: All-ACC and all-America linebacker and one of the league?s top defensive players . . . Has speed, explosiveness and big-play ability . . . Can play either outside linebacker position . . . Tech?s most versatile defender who has also lined up at defensive end in nickel packages . . . Career total of 376 tackles with 40 tackles for loss, nine sacks, six forced fumbles and 15 pass breakups . . . Ranks fifth in Tech history in career tackles for loss and 12th in career tackles . . . Selected to play in the Senior Bowl following his senior season . . . Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round (93rd overall pick) in the 2004 NFL Draft.

    2003: First-team all-ACC honoree who was the runner-up for the league?s Defensive Player of the Year award . . . Second-team all-America by SI.com (Sports Illustrated) . . . Led the ACC in tackles with 155 (11.9 per game), including 18 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles . . . Ranked 10th in the nation in tackles per game . . . His 155 tackles is the fourth-highest season total in Tech history . . . Key player on a Tech defense that led the ACC and ranked 12th in the nation against the run, allowing 110.5 yards per game, as well as 20th nationally in total defense (322.2) and 27th scoring defense (20.46) . . . Helped the Tech defense hold Maryland to 253 yards and three points, Florida State to 251 yards and 13 points, Auburn to 243 yards and three points, and Tulsa to 144 yards and 10 points. Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after leading a standout defensive effort in Tech?s 7-3 win over Maryland, in which Tech allowed just 96 yards rushing and 253 total yards . . . Made the play of the game against Maryland with his sack and forced fumble that set up the game?s only touchdown . . . Tied career-high with 16 tackles, one sack and another tackle for loss to lead a superb defensive effort in win over Auburn and was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week . . . Again had 16 tackles with three tackles for loss in win over Wake Forest, helping Tech hold Wake to a season-low seven points . . . . Had 10 tackles with one tackle for loss in Tech?s win over NC State as the Jackets held the high-powered Wolfpack more than 20 points below their scoring average . . . Helped the Tech defense limit Auburn to 40 yards rushing and NC State to minus-8 yards rushing . . . Had 12 tackles with four tackles for loss, including one sack, against fifth-ranked Georgia . . . Led a standout defensive effort against Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl, helping Tech hold the Golden Hurricane (which entered the game ranked 16th in the nation in rushing) to a school-record minus-56 yards rushing and just 144 yards of offense.

    2002: Tech?s third-leading tackler with 92 hits, despite missing time with a sprained ankle . . . Recorded 13 tackles for loss, three sacks, six pass breakups, an interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery . . . Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after an outstanding performance in Tech?s win over Duke with eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and an interception, which he returned 35 yards . . . Had a career-high 16 tackles with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble, against Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Classic . . . Made 10 tackles with three tackles for loss against Clemson . . . Collected 10 tackles, two tackles for loss with one sack, and a pass breakup in win over UNC . . . Made tackles versus Wake Forest with two tackles for loss . . . Suffered a high sprain in his left ankle early against Maryland and was lost for that game as well as the following contest against Virginia . . . Also sat out the second half of the Georgia game when he re-injured his left ankle.

    2001: Tech?s second-leading tackler with 95 hits . . . . Had eight tackles for loss and two sacks, plus four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries. . . Career-high 16 tackles against Florida State, highlighted by a sack for a 16-yard loss . . . Made 10 tackles against North Carolina with three tackles for loss . . . Also had 10 tackles against Clemson with two tackles for loss, including one sack . . . Added 10 tackles and a pass breakup against Georgia . . . Named Tech?s Most Improved Defensive Player.

    2000: Suffered a broken left arm against North Carolina and missed three games, but was able to return for the final three contests, playing with a cast . . . Broke the radius in his left arm . . . Made five tackles and a fumble recovery against Virginia in his first game back . . . Followed with an excellent game in Tech?s win at Maryland with a season-best 12 tackles . . . Had a tackle for loss in the Jackets? win at Georgia . . . Finished the season with 34 tackles . . . Added seven hits and one tackle for loss against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.


    HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 43 prospect in Georgia by SuperPrep . . . Tabbed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution?s Top 75 in Georgia . . . Given a 9.50 rating by Jeff Whitaker?s Deep South Football . . Credited with 139 tackles, six interceptions, seven sacks, five caused fumbles and five fumble recoveries as a senior . . . Also caught nine passes for 400 yards . . . Collected 83 tackles, 20 sacks, eight interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a junior . . . Coached by Dallas Allen at Westlake High . . . Most Valuable Player of the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a pass breakup and caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOP GUN View Post
    Sure it is We need special teams demons since we let all of our previous ones go plus we need depth at LB with Timmons now getting ready to battle it out with Foote for the starting job and Woodley getting the starting nod taking over Harrison's spot. Frazier is another option that we just resigned. Right now our depth is very young an inexperienced on the outside. Inside we should still be ok because the loser of the Foote/Timmons battle will be the prime backup.
    ok. i agree but do you really think we should be wasting FA on a linebacker? this doesn't seem worth while to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron City South View Post
    Excellent signing.

    This is the epitome of the exact "under the radar" FA "find" that the Steelers are known for seeking out and signing. This guy was a hitting machine at Georgia Tech that is still in the early stage of his pro career, yet he has just enough time under his belt to be considered ripe on the vine for picking.

    Drafted into the NFL in the 3rd round ....94th pick overall by the CHEFS.




    AT GEORGIA TECH: All-ACC and all-America linebacker and one of the league?s top defensive players . . . Has speed, explosiveness and big-play ability . . . Can play either outside linebacker position . . . Tech?s most versatile defender who has also lined up at defensive end in nickel packages . . . Career total of 376 tackles with 40 tackles for loss, nine sacks, six forced fumbles and 15 pass breakups . . . Ranks fifth in Tech history in career tackles for loss and 12th in career tackles . . . Selected to play in the Senior Bowl following his senior season . . . Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round (93rd overall pick) in the 2004 NFL Draft.

    2003: First-team all-ACC honoree who was the runner-up for the league?s Defensive Player of the Year award . . . Second-team all-America by SI.com (Sports Illustrated) . . . Led the ACC in tackles with 155 (11.9 per game), including 18 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles . . . Ranked 10th in the nation in tackles per game . . . His 155 tackles is the fourth-highest season total in Tech history . . . Key player on a Tech defense that led the ACC and ranked 12th in the nation against the run, allowing 110.5 yards per game, as well as 20th nationally in total defense (322.2) and 27th scoring defense (20.46) . . . Helped the Tech defense hold Maryland to 253 yards and three points, Florida State to 251 yards and 13 points, Auburn to 243 yards and three points, and Tulsa to 144 yards and 10 points. Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after leading a standout defensive effort in Tech?s 7-3 win over Maryland, in which Tech allowed just 96 yards rushing and 253 total yards . . . Made the play of the game against Maryland with his sack and forced fumble that set up the game?s only touchdown . . . Tied career-high with 16 tackles, one sack and another tackle for loss to lead a superb defensive effort in win over Auburn and was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week . . . Again had 16 tackles with three tackles for loss in win over Wake Forest, helping Tech hold Wake to a season-low seven points . . . . Had 10 tackles with one tackle for loss in Tech?s win over NC State as the Jackets held the high-powered Wolfpack more than 20 points below their scoring average . . . Helped the Tech defense limit Auburn to 40 yards rushing and NC State to minus-8 yards rushing . . . Had 12 tackles with four tackles for loss, including one sack, against fifth-ranked Georgia . . . Led a standout defensive effort against Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl, helping Tech hold the Golden Hurricane (which entered the game ranked 16th in the nation in rushing) to a school-record minus-56 yards rushing and just 144 yards of offense.

    2002: Tech?s third-leading tackler with 92 hits, despite missing time with a sprained ankle . . . Recorded 13 tackles for loss, three sacks, six pass breakups, an interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery . . . Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after an outstanding performance in Tech?s win over Duke with eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and an interception, which he returned 35 yards . . . Had a career-high 16 tackles with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble, against Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Classic . . . Made 10 tackles with three tackles for loss against Clemson . . . Collected 10 tackles, two tackles for loss with one sack, and a pass breakup in win over UNC . . . Made tackles versus Wake Forest with two tackles for loss . . . Suffered a high sprain in his left ankle early against Maryland and was lost for that game as well as the following contest against Virginia . . . Also sat out the second half of the Georgia game when he re-injured his left ankle.

    2001: Tech?s second-leading tackler with 95 hits . . . . Had eight tackles for loss and two sacks, plus four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries. . . Career-high 16 tackles against Florida State, highlighted by a sack for a 16-yard loss . . . Made 10 tackles against North Carolina with three tackles for loss . . . Also had 10 tackles against Clemson with two tackles for loss, including one sack . . . Added 10 tackles and a pass breakup against Georgia . . . Named Tech?s Most Improved Defensive Player.

    2000: Suffered a broken left arm against North Carolina and missed three games, but was able to return for the final three contests, playing with a cast . . . Broke the radius in his left arm . . . Made five tackles and a fumble recovery against Virginia in his first game back . . . Followed with an excellent game in Tech?s win at Maryland with a season-best 12 tackles . . . Had a tackle for loss in the Jackets? win at Georgia . . . Finished the season with 34 tackles . . . Added seven hits and one tackle for loss against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.


    HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 43 prospect in Georgia by SuperPrep . . . Tabbed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution?s Top 75 in Georgia . . . Given a 9.50 rating by Jeff Whitaker?s Deep South Football . . Credited with 139 tackles, six interceptions, seven sacks, five caused fumbles and five fumble recoveries as a senior . . . Also caught nine passes for 400 yards . . . Collected 83 tackles, 20 sacks, eight interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a junior . . . Coached by Dallas Allen at Westlake High . . . Most Valuable Player of the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a pass breakup and caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.
    all that may be true but he isn't going to be a starting linebacker. maybe special teams. again, doesn't seem worth while...
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    Its only a 1 year contract, so the Steelers are basically taking a wait and see approach.


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    It's a good signing for sure, he won't cost us much and he isn't signed for more than 1 year. If he works out we can sign him long term but if not then we aren't tied to him. Plus he was a pretty good player coming out of college.

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    I'm okay with the signing because we do need special teams players, but my thinking is that a starting center or other lineman would make more since. Of course they are probably not worried about these positions too much because they will solve it in the draft, but still, I guess I just didn't see this coming.

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    wish i didnt have to make up a way to say his name lol.

    i like the signing....anyone know his height and weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    wish i didnt have to make up a way to say his name lol.

    i like the signing....anyone know his height and weight?
    I think he is around 6-2 and 235 pounds.....

    Hey if he upgrades the kick coverage units then I'm ok with it.....If he shows anything as a LB then thats just better....

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    anybody who can play ST is an upgrade to the coverage units at this point

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